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Thursday, 16 August 2012
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Defence

(Question No. 1931)


Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence upon notice, on 27 June 2012:

For each of the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 (estimated) financial years, detailed separately, what was the total amount spent by the department on: (a) advertising; (b) travel; (c) consultants; and (d) fuel and lubricants.


Senator Bob Carr: The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable Senator's question:

(a) Defence and DMO spent $36.6 million on advertising for financial year 2010-11. This figure is slightly higher than published on page 345, table A7.13, Total Advertising and marketing Expenditure by Group of the Defence Annual Report 2010-11 of $36.2 million. The variation reflects the fact that particulars of payments less than $10,900 (including GST) are excluded in the Defence Annual Report.

Defence and DMO spent $45.0 million on advertising in financial year 2011-12.

Defence and DMO’s budget estimate is $33.7 million for advertising in financial year 2012-13

(b) Defence spent $211.2 million on business related travel in financial year 2010-11, as published in Defence’s 2010-11 Annual Report (page 391).

During financial year 2011-12, Defence spent $227.0 million on business related travel, which is based on actual spend identified in Defence’s financial management system.

As at 11 July 2012, the estimated spend for Defence during financial year 2012-13 is $210.5 million, which is based on the current budget for business related travel identified in Defence’s financial management system.

(c) Defence spent $59.5 million on consultants in financial year 2010-11, as published in Defence’s 2010-11 Annual Report (page 341).

During financial year 2011-12, Defence spent $61.3 million on consultants, which is based on actual spend identified in Defence’s financial management system.

Figures for financial year 2012-13 are not available at this stage. Defence does not budget specifically for consultants as they are engaged on a case by case basis as the requirement arises.

(d) Defence spent $411.5 million on fuel and lubricants in financial year 2010-11.

During financial year 2011-12, the amount of money spent by Defence on fuel and lubricants was $493.2 million

The forecast requirement is an estimated $444 million spend for Defence during financial year 2012-13.